Padres Acquire Bullpen Help In Deal For Trevor Rosenthal
Just two days away from the trade deadline, the Padres struck a deal to improve their beleaguered bullpen.
San Diego’s relief corps has been among the game’s worst in 2020, pitching to a combined -1.7 wins above replacement, as measured by Baseball Reference. Rosenthal's seven saves are second-most in the major leagues.
It is the second time in just over a month the Royals and Padres have hooked up on a trade involving a major league reliever and a toolsy young outfielder. The Royals sent lefthander Tim Hill to the Padres in exchange for Franchy Cordero and pitching prospect Ronald Bolaños on July 16.
Trevor Rosenthal, RHP
A one-time All-Star closer with the Cardinals, Rosenthal struggled mightily in his return from Tommy John surgery last year but, like many others, has bounced back in his second year removed from surgery. After he allowed 23 earned runs and walked 26 batters in 15.1 innings in a disastrous 2019, Rosenthal has pitched to a 3.29 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 13.2 innings this season after originally signing a minor-league deal with the Royals. Rosenthal brings premium velocity with a fastball that sits 97-98 mph. His control can be iffy at times, but it's been vastly improved this season and the biggest reason for his turnaround. He's also made better use of his changeup, throwing it more often and getting lots of swings and misses on it. Rosenthal immediately slots in to the back of the Padres bullpen with Drew Pomeranz. He will be a free agent after this season.
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Edward Olivares, OF
Olivares hadn’t found much playing time in San Diego—36 plate appearances over 13 games—even after the team lost Tommy Pham to injury. Wil Myers and Trent Grisham are mainstays in right and center field, and Jurickson Profar has seen the bulk of the action in left field. Olivares was one of the faster players on the team—his sprint speed was third behind Fernando Tatis Jr. and Grisham—and joins a group of burner prospects in Kansas City which also includes Nick Heath and Khalil Lee. Now, Olivares will continue to try to unlock his other talents, which include the combination of a compact swing and strength to give him a future as a potentially fringe-average hitter with average power. Overall, he should fit nicely as a fourth outfielder.